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Bluefield State College Selected to Receive The Home Depot’s “Retool Your School” Campus Improvement Grant

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    Wednesday, May 29 2013
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103 jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu

(Bluefield)--Bluefield State College has been selected as one of 14 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) from across the country to receive a campus improvement grant award from The Home Depot 2013 "Retool Your School" grant program. BSC was among the 67 HBCUs in competition for "Retool Your School" grants. Selection was based on a combination of the merit of the grant application and the votes cast online in support of each competing institution.

"The Home Depot 'Retool Your School' award demonstrates the powerful impact that occurs when campus and community work together toward a common goal," commented Dr. Marsha Krotseng, BSC President. "Thanks to this team effort, we will enhance the College's landscaping for current and future generations to enjoy and build upon BSC's rich heritage as the 'Campus Beautiful.' We're grateful to The Home Depot for providing this wonderful opportunity on behalf of HBCUs. It was exciting to watch the number of votes for Bluefield State College grow on a daily basis, and we thank students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends for their voting support."

In the coming weeks, The Home Depot will contact BSC to coordinate the campus improvement initiative. "This program does more than enhance our campus," added Shelia Johnson, BSC's Vice President for Financial and Administrative Affairs. It also offers the Bluefield State College community an opportunity to show our pride in the institution."

Bluefield State College got the word out about the quest for a "Retool Your School" grant quest through e-blasts, Facebook, the College's website, newspapers, radio, television, and other communication with its students, alumni, employees, and friends. Online voting for the 2013 program took place from February 18 to April 15, 2013. The "Retool Your School" Campus Improvement Grant Program supports the growing sustainability movement by providing special consideration to eco-friendly project proposals.

The Home Depot is the world's largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,257 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces, and Mexico.